Dana White: Brock Lesnar said he retired because Alistair Overeem was that much better than him

Speaking via “The Jim Rome Show,” UFC President Dana White discusses the short-lived career, and subsequent retirement, of former Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar. White reveals details of his post-UFC 141 conversation with Lesnar, and says that, while it was “fun” having him around, he does not expect the former WWE star to make a return to MMA. Photo: Francis Specker

Dana White

“Here’s what Brock said to me, he said, ‘I’ll tell you what, after my surgery from diverticulitis, this last surgery I had, I have never felt so good in my life.’ He said, ‘I had the best camp I’ve ever had, no injuries, I was in great shape – all the things that could go right, went right. That guy (Alistair Overeem) is just that much better than me, and it’s time for me to retire.’ … I think Brock’s done. The conversations that I’ve had with Brock Lesnar since that fight, all indications point to it’s over.

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You don’t come into the UFC 1-0, and the only reason that I brought him in is, number-one, he’s Brock Lesnar, and number-two, because of his wrestling pedigree. The guy was a great college wrestler and I gave him a shot. What he was able to accomplish in the UFC is amazing. With one fight, coming in at 30-years-old, he brought a lot of excitement to the Heavyweight division. So, it was fun while Brock Lesnar was here.”

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